Eastern State Penitentiary

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  • Address: 2027 Fair mount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 1215-2363300
  • Ticket Price: 12 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, Family And Kids
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This was probably one of the world’s most influential prisons. When it was built, it was the largest publicly managed building ever. It’s famous for its wagon wheel design – something that prisons in the US and the world over came to adopt. Though it claimed that it was setting the way for better prisoner reform, it’s today widely reviled as a spot where brutal torture was inflicted on prisoners for various infractions. The idea was to reform prisoners through a strict policy of solitary confinement and isolation – an idea that was abandoned as the prison became too crowded. Visitors are on tour tend to go visit the historic cell blocks, especially Al Capone’s restored 19th-century cell. Other exhibits outline thrilling escapes and surprisingly – some rather terrific art. A national historic landmark now, the spooky corridors of this place make it one of the most visited buildings in the country. In Halloween especially the Terror in The Walls event is said to be one of the best haunted house experience in the country!

Eastern State Penitentiary Travel Tips

  • Visit on Halloween.

Entrance Ticket Details For Eastern State Penitentiary

  • Senior Citizens (62+): USD10
  • Students: USD 8
  • Kids (Age 7 - 12): USD 8

How to Reach Eastern State Penitentiary

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  • Aspen St.
  • Fairmount Avenue

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary Address: 2027 Fair mount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Contact Number: 1215-2363300
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Price: 12 USD
  • Best time to visit Eastern State Penitentiary(preferred time): 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Eastern State Penitentiary: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 86.61% of people who visit Philadelphia include Eastern State Penitentiary in their plan

  • 80.77% of people start their Eastern State Penitentiary visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Eastern State Penitentiary

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

78.6% of people prefer walking in order to reach Eastern State Penitentiary

People normally club together Philadelphia Museum Of Art And Rocky Statue and The Barnes Foundation while planning their visit to Eastern State Penitentiary.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Eastern State Penitentiary Reviews & Ratings

  • Really cool place to visit. I was born in Philadelphia and visited this place twice. They set it up perfectly for a tour. They provide you a headset that tells you story's about each part of the prison. Very good experience. Highly recommended

  • Excellent museum, it was fascinating to see and learn about. I enjoyed that they also taught about modern prisons and showed how out of control mass incarceration has gotten. Terror Behind Walls event was a ton of fun too. Very spooky, but make sure you sign up for an earlier slot. It's still plenty dark and the real lines don't form until later.

  • This was my first self guided tour and I really enjoyed that you could go at your own pace in addition to choosing the abbreviated tour (about 35 min total) or walk the entire 10 acres (about 2 hours). There's a lot to see: Al Capone's cell, restored wards and beautiful artist installations. I wouldn't consider this place kid friendly; not because it's dangerous or anything, but there isn't much to keep little ones entertained for an extended period of time and there is a lot of walking. Overall, consider putting this on your "Things to Do" list when visiting Philly.

  • Went here on our first trip to Philly with my significant other. We purchased the tickets online (you save $2) and went right through with our mobile tickets. Staff was immediately helpful and very polite! Walkable from the Art museum (less than 15 minutes) Lots of stuff to do, and things to see! You also learn so much about incarceration especially in our country now! So many things to see and enjoy you can be here all day long! Very cool to see and cool things to learn. Left with some cute things from the gift shop that weren’t too overpriced! Keep up the good work!

  • Very cool attraction to visit. I was there 3 + hours because there was so much to see. They give you a headset for the audio tour and it is narrated by Steve Buscemi! It was eerie walking through and seeing what some people had to go through. I bet their tours during October a really spooky. I definitely recommend going.

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  • Are there tours for photographers available?

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    • Hi Kevin. Eastern State Penitentiary allows photography during their public tours. If you are using a tripod, you will have to purchase an equipment pass for 10 USD as an additional fee. But, portrait photography cannot be carried during public hours. You will have to make reservations in advance for the same. You may call on (215) 236-3300 and inquire further.  

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